Players Unhappy Over Online Poker Tournament Payouts
Last month saw the first ever New Jersey Championship of Online Poker which featured a number of events each with its own buy-in and prize structure. However, now players have begun to express concern over one event stating that the prize structure must have been incorrect.Players are concerned by the High Roller tournament. It had a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000 with a $500 buy-in.
The tournament had $20,000 reserved for the winner and $10,000 for the runner-up. A total of 150 players entered the tournament creating a prize pool of $70,000.
Players are complaining that they had no idea that the event would only pay out for the top two places. The total prize pool was split between the two rather than being distributed amongst the high finishers as is usual in poker tournaments.
PartyPoker said in a press release that it recognized that communication about the structure was not as clear as it should have been. The lobby at PokerStars did display that the prize would be split between two; however, players who registered late were not able to see this until later on.
The poker room has said that the same prize structure will not be used again and in future it will do more to emphasize payout structures where they are different from the norm.